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Page 58 - For Yesterday is but a Dream, And Tomorrow is only a Vision; But Today well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Page 64 - What I must do, is all that concerns me ; not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion...
Page 122 - TO be at home in all lands and all ages; to count Nature a familiar acquaintance, and Art an intimate friend ; to gain a standard for the appreciation of other men's work and the criticism of your own ; to carry the keys of the world's library in your pocket, and feel its resources behind you in whatever task you...
Page 43 - Binds it, and makes all error : and, to KNOW, Rather consists in opening out a way Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape, Than in effecting entry for a light Supposed to be without.
Page 65 - There is no action of man in this life, that is not the beginning of so long a chain of consequences, as no human providence is high enough, to give a man a prospect to the end.
Page 33 - Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing, — where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.
Page 15 - IDEALS ARE LIKE STARS. YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED IN TOUCHING THEM WITH YOUR HANDS, BUT LIKE THE SEA-FARING MAN ON THE DESERT OF WATERS. YOU CHOOSE THEM AS YOUR GUIDES AND FOLLOWING THEM, YOU REACH YOUR DESTINY.
Page 256 - Cast forth thy Act, thy Word, into the everliving, ever-working Universe: it is a seed-grain that cannot die; unnoticed to-day (says one), it will be found flourishing as a Banyan-grove (perhaps, alas, as a Hemlockforest!) after a thousand years.
Page 142 - I am glad to find that in the past year I have at least accomplished more than usual in the way of reading the books which at the beginning of the year I had put down to be read. I always do this, and I do not expect to read all I put down, but sometimes I fall much too short of what I proposed, and this year things have been a good deal better.